While there are over 2,000 species of termites, NPMA is sharing information about the following five species found throughout the U.S.:
- Subterranean termites are the most destructive species in the U.S. and live in colonies of up to two million members underground or in moist, secluded areas above ground.
- Formosan termites are the most voracious and are difficult to control once they infest a structure due to their aggressive nature.
- Dampwood termites infest wood with a high moisture content and are typically larger than other termite species.
- Drywood termites infest dry wood and often nest in roof materials and wall supports.
- Conehead termites are an invasive species and can remain undetected for years as they refrain from building nests until their colony is strong and healthy.